What does it sound like?:
Following ACR’s time at Factory, after a flop album and a compilation on A&M, they had built their own studio. Two albums followed on New Order manager’s Rob’s Records, both heavy on the electronics, both low on sales. Why, when you have one of the best drummers in Donald Johnson in the band, would you use programmed beats?
It was 12 years from Change The Station to Mind Made Up, which was much better, but ACR’s stock was so low it was initially only released on a Frech dance label. Three years later a solo album by bassist/frontman Jez Kerr, to little notice.
For a decade, nothing, and then… Mute reissued their back catalogue, a 40th anniversary victory lap turned into a joyous two-year tour and, now, their first new album for a dozen years.
Opener Friends Around Us was released as a AA-side single for Love Record Store Day, starts as woozy bass, berimbau and sax, then switches half-way to a drum and bass driven Lou Reed-style molologue.
Half the album – Bouncy Bouncy, Yo Yo Gi, Supafreak, Family, What’s Wrong, are trademark ACR funk. Added to the mix are cartoon boings, Mike » Continue Reading.